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Inslee names budget chief

OLYMPIA — Governor-elect Jay Inslee selected the leader of the state Senate's Budget Committee staff as his new budget director.

Inslee told his transition team today that he would appoint David Schumacher as the director of the Office of Financial Management, making him the incoming governor's chief budget adviser.

Schumacher spent the last two years, and from 2003-2008 as the head of the nonpartisan staff for the Senate Ways and Means Committee, that chamber's panel in charge of budgets. He spent the two years away from the committee as director of northwest government affairs for Boeing.

Inslee called him a creative thinker with “unparalleled” experience in fiscal matters.